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Joe Ferrara

image I had only met him a couple of times. I had only a few very friendly, but brief conversations with him. He was someone I had hoped to get to know better. Now that won’t happen.

But, I know Joe Ferrara. I know him because of his body of work. I know him because of the profound influence he had on those who have such a profound influence on me.

Many of those folks will converge on Yardley, Pennsylvania this evening to say goodbye. I will be there to join them, to pay my respects, to comfort my friends who are anguished by his loss, and to celebrate the life of a guy who shared so much passion and brought much joy to those privileged enough to spend time with him. But mostly I will be there as an expression of thanks for the enormous contribution he made to our industry. I know Joe Ferrara, and many more who have never met him will know him too.

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Mothers Fighting for Others

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About a year ago, I became interested and involved in the Social Media culture of the real estate industry, now commonly known as the I’ve made some really great friends and have had some very rewarding experiences through my associations. None have been as rewarding as the opportunity to support the’s pet charity, Mothers Fighting for Others.

Mother’s Fighting for Others, also known in twitterland as #MFFO, was founded by Rocky Turner (aka @headmutha). You can read her story of how and why she founded #MFFO here.

I don’t know Rocky personally but her husband, Jeff Turner (@respres), is a personality in I did have an opportunity to meet Jeff in Philadelphia last year at REBarcamp Philly.

Anyway, as time went on, I became interested in the work of #MFFO and threw them a few bucks from time to Agnes time when I had some to spare. The sponsored some charity events. At one barcamp, they collected women’s underwear to send to the girls in Kenya. That seems like a simple thing most people take for granted but apparently women’s underwear is precious in Kenya.

Earlier this week, my good friend Maya Paveza (aka @mayaREguru) made a challenge. Maya has incorporated twitter not only as a business tool but as part of her lifestyle. She has many, many twitter friends and followers and is a prolific contributor. Maya is close to posting her 50,000th tweet. She wanted to commemorate the auspicious event by raising $5,000 for #MFFO. During a chat with Rocky, Rocky said she wished 10 people would do it. They need to raise $50,000 to build a new orphanage.

So, this video is Maya in her own words, explaining this ambitious fund raising effort. If Maya doesn’t achieve the $50K goal by April 20th, she will retire her twitter handle, never to be heard from again. For Maya, this is probably the supreme sacrifice. It would equate to me giving up cheeseburgers for the rest of my life.

In addition to writing a check for a hundred ducats, I have also pledged to wear a Boston Red Sox cap for every waMary Kariukiking hour of every day, no matter where I am, for a month (excluding shower time, of course). Now, you might think this is a pretty lame sacrifice, but I am 55 years old and have been a NY Yankee fan since 1960. Believe me, this is pretty serious stuff. But, I am willing to take one for the team. :)

It is very difficult for me to ask people to donate their hard earned money. I don’t think I’ve ever done it, EVER. but those young girls in Kenya really need this money. They really need this orphanage. So please, no donation is too small.

Thank you so much for your attention to this post. There is a widget in the sidebar to the right where you can make a secure donation. You can also make donations here. You will have my enduring gratitude.


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The Pursuit of Happiness

3931122112_3f5583d358 I had coffee with a friend the other day and we were discussing those things that motivate us. I was trying to put into the words what it is about the real estate business that makes me get out of bed each morning.

The technical nuts and bolts of the real estate transaction is interesting at times but it certainly is not very inspirational. If it was the hope of accumulating a vast fortune, I’d have been better off picking a different vocation, especially considering the recent market conditions. No, my “why” goes much deeper than that.

After considering it for a while, I was able to put into words where my passion comes from. It is the pursuit of happiness. I get really charged up when I am in the midst of happiness. Probably the most important ingredients to one’s happiness is the establishment of a safe and secure home for themselves and their family. It is only natural that my pursuit of happiness would take me to an activity that results in the happiness of those I help to achieve that goal.

I love helping others achieve happiness. It is what makes me the happiest.

Now, I am not a Pollyanna. I have no delusions that life is just one big Disneyland. But, I have chosen to focus on the happy occasions and to provide the service to my clients so they might pursue their own happiness.

I am a real estate professional. I will continue to provide information that will help explain what is going on in the real estate world both locally and nationally. I will answer questions you might have, feel free to ask them. I will respond to your comments. And if I earn your trust, I will help you pursue your happiness.

You will also find here the things that are making happy. Hopefully some of them will lift your spirits too. I hereby dedicate this blog to my passion: The Pursuit of Happiness!

I wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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